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Icecast is free server software for streaming multimedia.


General Questions

What is, the project, is a collection of programs and libraries for streaming audio over the Internet. This includes:

What is Icecast, the program?

Icecast streams audio (and video) to listeners/viewers, and is compatible with Nullsoft’s Shoutcast.

What is libshout?

libshout is a library for communicating with and sending data to an Icecast server. It handles the socket connection, the timing of the data, and prevents bad data from getting to the Icecast server.

What is IceS?

IceS is a program that sends audio data to an icecast server to broadcast to clients. IceS can either read audio data from disk, such as from Ogg Vorbis files, or sample live audio from a sound card and encode it on the fly.


What platforms are supported?

Icecast is being developed on Linux and Windows, and is being tested with major Unices.

How do I set up Icecast?

Go to the Icecast Documentation Page and follow the instructions for your version there.


How can I view the stream status page?

Check your icecast configuration file for an element called <webroot>. This directory contains web stuff. In it, place a file called status.xsl that transforms an XML file containing stream data into a web page (either XHTML or HTML). There are sample XSL stylesheets available in icecast/web/ in the CVS distribution of Icecast. In addition, the web directory can hold multiple status transforms, if you can’t decide which one you want.


What can I use to listen to an Icecast stream?

We maintain a list of Icecast-compatible audio players here.